Shanghai Triad (Yao a yao yao dao waipo qiao)
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Shanghai Triad (Yao a yao yao dao waipo qiao)
Country boy Shuisheng (Wang Xiaoxiao) is brought to 1930s Shanghai by his uncle who wants the boy to become a member of the powerful gang ruled by manipulative Tang (Li Baotian). In fact, Shuisheng will serve Tang's capricious mistress Bijou (Gong Li), a nightclub singer whom the boss proclaimed "the Queen of Shanghai." When the boy's uncle and the gang's several other members die during a rival gang's unsuccessful attempt on Tang's life, the latter retreats to a remote small island, taking both Bijou and Shuisheng with him and thinking of revenge. The film's… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A powerful portrait of mob power from the gifted and versatile director Yimou."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Stunning cinematography, uniformly good acting."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"the characters are reasonably interesting and the plot has sufficient drama to entertain"
‑ Douglas Pratt, DVDLaser
"Shows how an innocent and ignorant young boy is initiated into the violent ways of a group of gangsters."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Soando como um mero veículo para a beleza de Gong Li, este aspirante a Ajuste Final conta com uma bela fotografia (com exceção da noite americana pavorosa), mas nada mais, revelando-se o pior filme da carreira de Yimou."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
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